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Saturday, July 18, 1998 Published at 04:49 GMT 05:49 UK

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Dutch police investigate possible child porn ring

Dutch police say they're setting up a special telephone line to help them investigate a network of people circulating child pornography on the Internet.

The move follows the seizure of computer discs at a flat near Amsterdam containing thousands of pictures showing what experts called the most distressing examples of child abuse they'd ever seen.

An anti-paedophile group in neighbouring Belgium says it holds many more documents belonging to the owner of the flat, who was shot dead in Italy last month.

The group says it will hand the material over to the Dutch authorities next week.

Itsays it has evidence that the Internet porn ring extends into the United States and Eastern Europe and is linked to a child smuggling network.

On Friday police in Belgium itself said they had seized pornographic images of hundreds of children and were investigating a suspected international paedophile ring.

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